Solar System Exploration
September 17, 2004
This movie uses data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft to simulate the view from the spacecraft flying over the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Dawn's Virtual Flight over Vesta
This short animation created by Cassini's mission planning team shows the spacecraft's final orbits - starting with the Ring-Grazing orbits in November 2016 and transitioning to the Grand Finale or...
Cassini's Ring-Grazing and Grand Finale Orbits
December 2020 skywatching highlights: Catch some Geminid meteors, then see Jupiter and Saturn get their closest in decades on the December solstice.
What's Up: December 2020 [Video]
This short animation created by Cassini's mission planning team shows how a Titan flyby will be used to move the spacecraft's course from orbiting Cassini's outer ring (F ring) to an orbit that tak...
Entering Final Orbits: Cassini's Grand Finale
January 2021 skywatching highlights: Begin the new year with "perihelion," then catch a glimpse of elusive Uranus and Mercury later in the month.
What's Up: January 2021 [Video]
Clouds move above Titan's large methane lakes and seas near the moon's north pole in this movie made from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Northern Clouds in Motion
This colorized movie from NASA's Cassini mission shows a polar projection of the curious six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole known as "the hexagon" in the infrared.
Looking Down on the Hexagon in Infrared
In this movie, strung together from a series of images provided by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, we see a full rotation of Vesta, which occurs over the course of roughly five hours.
Vesta Full Rotation Movie
This movie created from images obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows a propeller-shaped structure created by a hidden, embedded moon moving through one of Saturn's rings.
Propeller Churns the A Ring
Cassini mission planners created this animation to showcase Cassini's final 22 orbits - the mission's Grand Finale.
Grand Finale Orbits Petal Plot
Glowing like a neon lasso, Saturn’s aurora is seen spinning above Saturn’s north pole over the course of most of a Saturn day in this movie made from multiple images taken by the ultraviolet imagin...
Ultraviolet Aurora Movie
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989.
Striking 3-D detail highlights a towering mountain, the brightest spots and other features on dwarf planet Ceres in a new video from NASA's Dawn mission.
Tour Weird Ceres: Bright Spots and a Pyramid-Shaped Mountain
This colorized flyover movie from NASA's Cassini mission takes viewers over the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan and nearby lakes.
Flying over an Extraterrestrial Land of Lakes
Arrival at Saturn
Arrival at Saturn
Great Red Spot
Great Red Spot
This animation shows the last 30 seconds of Cassini's X- and S-band radio signals as they disappeared from mission control on Sept. 15, 2017.
Cassini's last X- and S-band radio signals
Cassini stares deep into the swirling hurricane-like vortex at Saturn's south pole, where the vertical structure of the clouds is highlighted by shadows.
Looking Saturn in the Eye
This rotating mosaic of asteroid Bennu is composed of 40 images captured by the PolyCam imager onboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft over a four-hour period on Dec. 2, 2018.
Asteroid 101955 Bennu Rotating
An aurora, shining high above the northern part of Saturn, moves from the night side to the day side of the planet in this movie recorded by Cassini.
Northern Aurora in Motion
While NASA's Cassini spacecraft was pointed to study Saturn's F ring, it happened to catch a globular star cluster passing through the camera's field of view.
Catching a Cluster of Stars
On Jan. 22, 2012, the Sun erupted with a solar flare, a coronal mass ejection, and a burst of highly energetic protons known as solar energetic particles.
This short computer-animated film highlights Cassini's accomplishments and Saturn and reveals the science-packed final orbits between April and September 2017.
Cassini's Grand Finale
Bob Anderson describes his work as a geologist who helps design and uses robots to collect data about Mars.
Through the Eyes of Scientists - Meet Bob Anderson
Ion propulsion isn’t something found only in science fiction. JPL engineer Mike Meacham looks at how ion engines are being used to drive NASA's Dawn spacecraft through the solar system.
Crazy Engineering: Ion Propulsion for the Dawn Mission
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